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Opening of Dixon Trail on Cheyenne Mountain delayed

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 01:07:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – The highly anticipated grand opening of the new Dixon trail, which winds to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, will be delayed several more weeks.

Mitchell Martin, who is the park manager at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, told News 5 construction delays to a middle portion of the trail have pushed back the “soft opening” of the trail from the beginning of September to later this month.

An official grand opening of the trail is now expected to happen in October.

“We’re working to make sure the corridor is clear and it’s safe for the public,” Martin said.

Martin said trail crews are working now to reroute parts of the trail and reconstruct some areas. He said trail crews will be working several times a week until the project is finished.

The trail will be about 4 miles in length with more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain from the Dixon trailhead. The first 2.5 miles of the trail will be open to hikers, mountain bikers and horses. At the 2.5 mile post, only hikers will be allowed to continue the rest of the way to the top of Cheyenne Mountain.

Martin said the trail is difficult to extreme in some areas, but he also added, “The views are outstanding.”

The Dixon trail is part of a larger trail network at Cheyenne Mountain. Several other trails on top of the trail will allow for further exploration.

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